Amanda Brecker Pays Homage to Carole King and James Taylor on New CD BLOSSOM, Set for Release 2/26
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by BWW News Desk
Singer-songwriter Amanda Brecker pays homage to Carole King and James Taylor, and commemorates the 40th anniversary of 'Tapestry', with her beautiful new CD 'Blossom', produced by Grammy winner Jesse Harris (Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, more,) and featuring musicians from the original 'Tapestry' recordings.
The 12 song collection, set for a February 26th North American release on Decca, is a breath of fresh air in a noisy pop world - Brecker shows a graceful respect for the seminal music, infusing each track with a sweetness and a delicate touch that is matched by Harris' understated production. From 'You've Got a Friend' to 'So Far Away' to 'It's Too Late,' 'Blossom' is filled with beloved songs that hearken back to another era. A Bonus Track, Brecker's original 'You Were Mine', rounds out the winning collection. Listen to audio samples HERE.
'Blossom' Track listing:
In a serendipitous twist, Carole King will be honored with the Recording Academy's Special Merit Award -- a Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented in early February and acknowledged at the 55th Annual Grammy Award Ceremony on February 10th.
Brecker is no stranger to the music world - her parents are respected jazz artists, Brazilian pianist/singer Eliane Elias and trumpeter Randy Brecker - and she's been an active participant in the recording studio since she was a child. Over the past four years, Brecker has built a name for herself as an award-winning singer in Japan, releasing a series of albums and ultimately signing with Universal Japan, with 'Blossom' as her label debut. The album now sees its North American release via Decca. A full bio is below.
Amanda Brecker will support the release of 'Blossom' with a series of U.S. tour dates. Initial appearances in New York are confirmed, with more cities to be announced soon:
January 12 Caffe Vivaldi (APAP Showcase) New York, NY
Brecker comments on the inspiration behind 'Blossom':
Contributing musicians on 'Blossom' include Russ Kunkel (drums) and Lee Sklar (bass,) two renowned performers who were part of the original "Tapestry" recording sessions. 'Blossom' was recorded and mixed by Darrel Thorpe (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Radiohead, etc.) in Los Angeles, and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC.
Amanda Brecker is a singer-songwriter from New York City. In 2008, she signed her first record deal with "Birds Records" in Japan and recorded and released her first album, "Here I Am." Shortly after, her composition "Novo Lugar" became the theme song on the Japanese Television Series, "Giants of Beauty." The album "Here I Am" received the "Gold Disc Award" by Swing Journal, Japan, and was the #1 Best selling Jazz Vocal CD in Japan in the Summer of 2008. Amanda also received the "Best New Talent Award 2008″ by Swing Journal, "New Star International Prize" by ADLIB Awards 2008 and "2008 New Star Award" by Swing Journal (all in Japan).
Photo Credit: Juan Patino